One of the early "student" guitars found in North American Catalogs in the 1960s. This model was available under the brands of Airline, Supro, Kay and many others. This new Eastwood release is based on the original 1960′s AIRLINE Bighorn, it features an updated adjustable bridge, truss rod and the modern popular Diamond Argyle single coil pickups.
Posted by Cameron on 30th Sep 2015
Peter at Eastwood set me up with a sweet Bighorn package. How can someone not love the look of this guitar? Tomato soup red, cream pickguard... you could have it for lunch. Took it home and played it for 7 hours - love the tonality of the Argyle pick ups - great dynamic range, the action and neck offers extreme playability - inevitable comparison to Tele Deluxe for 1/3 the price.
A few problems, the Kluson style plate tuners are lifting off the headstock (maybe a 32 of an inch) resulting in a "wild G" tuning - will need to upgrade them sooner or later (which I would have done anyway). Have to agree with GP mag that should be played wearing the headgear of the Water Buffalo lodge. If not for the tuners would be 10 out of 10.
Posted by Paul B (England) on 30th Sep 2015
The guitar is every thing I was hoping for. I have the red one and I must say it's the best red I've seen on a guitar. When I plugged it in to my fender twin amp and started playing I coudln't put it down. Whether you are playing surf, blues or rock, the pickups are amazing, very versatile . It has a lovely chunky neck and perfect playability and intonation. I'm an owner of Gibson and Fender guitars and this is up there with them. I love this guitar and hope to be purchasing more Eastwood Airline guitars as soon as I can. Great service as well.
Posted by Tom on 30th Sep 2015
WOW! what an excellent piece of creative genius from Eastowood/Airline. I am so happy I own one of these! It plays great, nice action and feel to the neck. I personally love the desogn and the beautiful green color. It sounds as good as it looks. Although I normally favor high powered Dimarzio double coil pickups, the single coil neck and bridge pickups sound great, bright and powerful and at the same time very sensitive to harmonics. It feels great to hold and play. the tuners are very nice, the guitar stays in tune. As happy as I am with the guitar, the experiences I have had as a customer are equaly positive. good people and a wonderful product!
Posted by Mr. F on 30th Sep 2015
It's a little bit early for me to give a solid review of the guitar, as I've only owned it for a week, but here are the pros:
(1) Small size--the guitar has 19 frets, For lead players, this might be a bit of a drawback, but I play mostly rhythm, and the shorter neck is perfect for my short arms and small hands.
(2) Playability--the guitar came with fabulous action. It's a lot of fun to play.
(3) Tone--The aesthetic matches the tone perfectly. I play garage rock and surf, and the pickups do a great job of getting some classic tones.
(4) Controls--Having independent volume and tone knobs for each pickup is great, and it's not a common feature on single-coil guitars. Being able to blend the neck and bridge pickup as much as I want gives me more tonal flexibility. I like it a lot!
(5) Killer looks--self explanatory
The only real con I can think of is that the pickups, even though they sound fabulous, are VERY microphonic. If the pick taps the pickup ever so slightly, You will hear the tap through your amp. Nevertheless, it's easy to adjust where you pick so as not to hit the pickups. Not a huge issue.
Posted by Yellowhorse on 30th Sep 2015
This guitar, which I purchased new for $399, is a comically great deal. It's a light piece of wood, with simple electronics, comfortable neck, and great sounding pickups….all an electric guitar ever needed to be, within financial reach of most folks.
I love transparent and slightly raw single coil pickups, and these deliver in spades. Classic R&B, Soul, 50s - 60s Rock n' Roll, surf, country, rockabilly, jump blues …you can seriously dial in anything you want. A little tube reverb and tremolo and I just disappeared for 4 hours. Seriously. I've owned several much more costly guitars than this, and I'm truly surprised at how much more fun this thing is than all of them. I've never been motivated to write an online review, but this guitar just warrants it. Thanks for an inspiring guitar at a gigging musician's price. Cheers,
Posted by Ray on 30th Sep 2015
It's small, it's light, it sounds great. What's not to like? I bought one last year (2014) and I like it a lot. One of the drawbacks of solid-body electrics is that they're typically heavy, but not this one – about 7 pounds, and I have an Ovation acoustic-electric that's within a pound or so of that. The look is a little unusual, but I like it for that reason, and c'mon – if you wanted the usual, you wouldn't be here on the Eastwood website anyway. That big cutout makes it easy to get to the upper frets, and an "old-fashioned" vibe from the pickups doesn't hurt. Especially at 35% off for a close-out, this is an excellent value for a guitarist on a serious budget.